Updates

Covid-19

HOW WE OPERATE AT RED

Cancellation
On January 23rd 2022, New Zealand moved to red level under the Covid 19 Protection Framework and the 2022 event has been cancelled. We will now hold our 40Th anniversary event on February 11th, 2023

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Pre – race
To enter the event, competitors are required to present a My Vaccine Pass in their name at the time of collecting their race packs. No pass, no race pack, no exceptions.
Those who require others to collect their race pack or those who have made special arrangements to have a race pack couriered will need to contact us at contact@bgm.nz prior to February 3rd, 2023 to arrange vaccine status verification. They will also need to provide a physical address if to be couriered.
Travel to the start
Competitors will need to wear their race number bib on the front chest area and clearly viewable to gain access to the buses. (Vaccine passes are not required to access the buses)
Post – race
Competitors at the finish line will be given a security wrist band that allows them access into the prizegiving and Victoria Square function area which will be fully fenced off.
Supporters are required to present a My Vaccine Pass at the gate entries in order to access the prizegiving and Victoria Square function area (only those over 12 years 3 months old) They will also receive a security wrist band so that they can come and go freely throughout the day.
All attending must comply with sign in/contract tracing requirements.
Masks are encouraged where practicable and there are no social distancing requirements.

Can my race pack be sent out by mail or courier?
If there are special circumstances where it is too difficult for competitors to physically get to Westport for race pack pickup, arrangements can be made with race management to courier out packs a week before the event. This is limited to select cases.
Can I collect someone else’s race pack?
Yes, providing you have arranged it prior to February 3rd on our website by providing a copy of the “my vaccine passes” for every participant you wish to collect a race pack on behalf of. You will be given a token number that can be presented at race pack pickup.
Will it be mandatory to wear masks?
Face coverings are encouraged throughout the race weekend including on the buses and in the public areas at prize giving. They are not mandatory under the orange COVID19 Protection Framework.
Can myself or my family leave Victoria Square and then return again for prizegiving?
Absolutely. You will all be issued with a security wrist band to allow this when first entering the Square.
Will I get my money back if the event is cancelled?
Our policy is to refund 80% of the entry fee should the event be cancelled. If the event is postponed, the entry fee will be transferred to the new date for those wishing to still compete, and 80% refunded for those who don’t.

40TH ANNIVERSARY

Tēnā koutou.
The 2022 Buller Gorge Marathon event was to be our 40th anniversary commemorating the very first run through the gorge way back in 1983. Due to cancellation of the 2022 event, we will now celebrate this on February 11th, 2023. On behalf of all our current and former organising committee members, we want to extend our thanks for the huge support our participants have shown us over the last 39 successful events. We are also humbled by the ongoing involvement that our community and local businesses continue to provide which makes our event possible.
To celebrate we are theming the 2023 event firmly in the eighties retro style. As well as our usual Thermatech active wear, we will have some new 40th Anniversary dress T shirts and lots of other commemorative merchandise available. We hope that you will join us in the celebration by dressing up in eighties style both during the event and at our prizegiving. In return, we will be issuing extra cool prizes for best-dressed individuals, teams, marshals and helpers and much, much more!
We are so fortunate to be in the position to reach our 40th anniversary in this rapidly changing world and we really look forward to making it the most memorable one of all.
Mā te whā
Buller Gorge Marathon Organising Committee”

Less Plastic!

Every year we provide up to 12,000 water and Rline bottles for hydration from the drink stations at our event. We totally get that our racegoers love the small bottles as they are easy to handle and can be carried between the drink stations.

However, we are more than uncomfortable with the large amount of plastic that we are adding to the waste stream particularly alongside the country’s second largest flowing river. So, we have spent some time trying to find an alternative that will meet the expectations of racegoers as well as helping to reduce our ecological footprint.

We are stoked to announce that in 2021 we will partner with Kiwi innovators: “Innocent Packaging” to provide 280ml compostable cups with secure lids to replace the old plastic bottles. These cups have been thoroughly tested by our crew in a running environment and they work flawlessly just as their plastic counterparts did. No leaks or spills, easy to hold and drink from and they can still be tipped easily over a runner’s head or body to refresh.

Best of all, the cups and lids will be collected by our volunteers and then sent to Nelsons Commercial Composting operation “Greenwaste to Zero” where they will be processed, mixed with green waste, compost windrowed and then eventually introduced back into the environment as an organic compost.

To make all of this really count, we will also donate $1000 every year to local volunteer-based planting projects to help improve the quality of our district and our ecosystem. Thank you for your support towards a greener future.